Monthly Archives: September 2013

New Forest: when wildlife and road traffic meet

The New Forest is a landscape of scenic beauty where the wildlife is diverse and the iconic New Forest pony, cattle, donkeys (and pigs during Pannage) are turned out to roam freely. It is a working landscape that has been … Continue reading

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Chinese sky lantern lights up conflicts of need on New Forest

For me, having access to the New Forest is such a privilege. It appeals to and rewards all of my senses. The Forest contributes enormously towards my physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. If I’m not able to visit for a … Continue reading

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New Forest: Pannage season!

Autumn on the Forest is always a time of spectacle; the breaking dawn bursting upon the ancient landscape with reds, lilacs and oranges is a visual treat guaranteed to draw wonder from those who rise early enough to witness it; … Continue reading

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Learning to be a Commoner on the New Forest

I recently had a meeting at the Verderer’s Office in Lyndhurst to progress my status to a ‘practicing’ New Forest commoner. The Verderer’s Clerk, whom I met with, was very friendly and answered all my questions with cheerful enthusiasm. I … Continue reading

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Pony Drifts: round-ups New Forest style

For me, one of the most exciting activities held on the New Forest has to be the series of annual round-ups known as ‘drifts’.  The objective at these round-ups are to sort out the ponies either for removal from the forest, … Continue reading

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